love thursday: gifts and bees

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This Love Thursday I’m celebrating gifts and bees.

Burt’s Bees, that is, and a lovely gift of their products from a dear blog friend, Geggie of So . . . What Else, What Else, What Else?

You see, a little while ago, I helped Geggie out with a small blogging issue, and she said she’d send me a thank you gift. And boy did she ever.

Burt’s Bees gift pack from Geggie

Hand soap, hand sanitizer, body wash, shampoo, lip balms, lotions, cremes, and even an adorable bee-covered shower cap–and two travel cases to boot!

I am now an official Burt’s Bees addict after only a few days of the all-natural stuff; as I told Geggie, I just can’t stop sniffing my hands after washing them with the Citrus & Ginger Root hand soap. So lovely!

Anyway, for this Love Thursday I am not only expressing my love of Burt’s Bees products (by the way, woohoo Durham, NC, my home for 4 years!), but also thanking Geggie, encouraging you to go over and visit her, and letting you know that our generous Geggie, through the Ultimate Blog Party, is also giving away $100 worth of products from Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless skin care line (#91 on the prize page)–you just need to sign Mr. Linky at the Ultimate Blog Party to enter.

And that’s why I’m celebrating gifts and bees today.

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

27 Beans of Wisdom to “love thursday: gifts and bees”
  1. 03.13.2008

    Morning Michelle. I wouldn’t mind washing my hands with some citrus ginger hand soap either. sounds lovely. I like the nail cream and several of the other products also. I was given one of those little goody bags from a friend a couple of years ago. What a nice gift to receive.

    Pasticcera’s last blog post..International Women’s Day or Festa della Donna

    Ooh I got some lemon cuticle cream in mine too…so wonderful. I just love it all 🙂

  2. I love clean scents. I will have to check out this citrus ginger hand soap.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..My last day at work.

    Oh I just love the cleanless of this one–I definitely recommend it!

  3. 03.13.2008

    I just got some Burt’s Bees lotions and potions for my birthday! I’m hooked already!


    P.S. I’m a Carolina girl, too! I’m currently in Charlotte, but I went to school in Raleigh, and lived in Chapel Hill and Durham, as well!

    Amanda’s last blog post..Love Thursday … love notes.

    Wow, you *are* a Carolina girl; pleased to meetcha!

  4. 03.13.2008

    Wow, that is some serious linky love! You’re my new BFF! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying your goodies.

    Geggie’s last blog post..Let’s Party

    Hee hee…enjoying doesn’t cover it Geggie. I’m definitely in love 🙂

  5. 03.13.2008

    I have the lip balm and it’s great… and addicting!

    Joe’s last blog post..Day of the Pig

    Agreed! There were two different types of lip balm in my goodies…and I love them both 🙂

  6. 03.13.2008

    Hmm…I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees, but now I think I should! And I just noticed this morning I need a refill on my hand soap…hmm…

    Karina’s last blog post..It’s a zoo out there -Thursday Thirteen

    It’s fate! Yes yes!

  7. 03.13.2008

    Happy Love Thursday Michelle! I love Burt’s Bees products too. I have a few of the lip glosses and balms and I’m loving the ginger citrus shower gel too! ; )

    Anali’s last blog post..Happy Love Thursday

    Yes I have the shower gel too! I used it like a bubble bath the other night…only need a few drops! Gorgeous.

  8. 03.13.2008

    What a great gift! I have Burts Bee’s Chapstick and use it daily. Happy Love Thursday!

    Shalet’s last blog post..Matters of the Heart

    Yeah for Burt’s Bees! Hope you’re having a great Love Thursday 🙂

  9. 03.13.2008

    I really like their lemon scented oil, especially right after the shower. Smells divine and so reminiscent of summer. 🙂 The lotion to soften your feet is also yummy with its coconut scent.


    Christina Arbini’s last blog post..Are There Nuts In This?

    Ooh, I have some oil that I haven’t even tried yet…so many goodies! Yes I got some of that coconut stuff too. Love it!

  10. 03.13.2008

    Mmm! That scent sounds really good!
    I have heard so many good things about Burt’s Bees products, but have never tried any of them!! I really should!
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Jessica’s last blog post..If You Need a Smile

    I probably never would’ve gotten around to trying these products either if Geggie hadn’t sent them…I can’t recommend them enough! So clean and natural and lovely!

  11. 03.13.2008

    now that is LOVE! can i enter too? happy LT sister:)


    shelbi’s last blog Emma Story – {for LOVE THURSDAY}

    Love indeed! For Geggie’s contest, you’re already entered as part of the Ultimate Blog Party 🙂

  12. 03.13.2008

    Happy Love Thursday.
    Burt’s Bees products are yummy.
    Waving at you wildly from New York,

    Frances’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party 2008

    Back at you Frances!

  13. 03.13.2008

    woohoo!!! Check out that Burt’s Bees stash! I think I might have to help Geggie with something, anything 😉 Oh and um…eggplant balls??? I just might be intrigued.

    LA Blogger Gal’s last blog post..Beverly Hills 90210

    Hah, I’m sure Geggie will be getting lots of offers of help now 😉 As for the eggplant balls, be intrigued…be very intrigued…then try ’em 😉

  14. 03.13.2008

    Another Burt’s Bees fanatic? You people are everywhere!

    I sort of want to love their stuff, but for some reason, none of it has absolutely grabbed me yet. Sounds like maybe I need to try the hand soap. 🙂

    Stefanie’s last blog post..Step AWAY from the Tagalongs, Miss

    Oh if only we were closer, I’d let you sniff my hands! Ahem. You know what I mean. Right?

  15. 03.13.2008

    Ciao… how are you? I see you stopped by… my dear Sicilian hubby… we were over there in 2005 and what a GREAT place… I loved it and want to go back to Italy… we were in Rome for 3 days, a train down to Naples where someone picked us up and onto Sorrento – 3 days there and visited Pompeii and Isle of Capri… then another train ride down to Sicily – what an experience… don’t be a stranger… ciao… Felicity and you maybe able to find some Italy photos there too…

    Felicity’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party

    What a lovely trip! I look forward to getting to know you better Felicity, so no, I won’t be a stranger 🙂

  16. 03.13.2008

    What a great party post! Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello. I’m glad you are having such a great time blog hopping. Good luck in the prize drawing. I begin drawing pretty soon.

    Thanks for stopping by Pamela 🙂

  17. SabineM

    i am a huge lover of Burt’s bee product! What a nice gift!
    I ended up not having ANY time this week to join the Ultimate Blog party! I will next year!

    SabineM’s last blog post..Earth Hour March 29th

    Sabine, there’s no reason you can’t hit up the Mr Linky for some new places to visit though 🙂

  18. 03.13.2008

    What a fantastic gift, I must try some, might give a little hint to family for birthday in a few months. 🙂

    Anne’s last blog post..Asylum Cheater

    Hah, yes, hints are good 🙂

  19. 03.13.2008

    Bloggers are so loving, grateful and generous. Great way to show love on Thursday.

    Happy Love Thursday!

    Tammy’s last blog post..Thursday Love – Shutter Sisters

    Agreed Tammy, and thanks 🙂

  20. 03.14.2008

    I *heart* Burt’s, especially the lemon cuticle cream. Stuff works wonders. They do have a lot of really lovely smellng products. I don’t think we have them here in Australia but I’ve not looked, hhmm?
    So nice to get such a lovely giftie.

    cheeky’s last blog post..A Sign of Promise

    Just may have to get it shipped in–we don’t have it in Italy either as far as I can tell 🙁

  21. 03.14.2008

    I love Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm! Glad you discovered Burt’s Bees. Neat products.

    Thanks for the original heads up on the Ultimate Blog Party. I’m sure finding a lot of new to me blogs!

    kacey’s last blog post..First Signs of Spring

    So happy you’re finding new, great blogs–there are *a lot* in this year’s party 🙂

  22. 03.14.2008

    I LOVE Burts Bees! I use this healing carrot lotion that has worked miracles!

    And do you live in Durham now? We have been thinking about Carborro, NC… do you know it?

    Happy Love Thursday 🙂

    natala’s last blog post..Love Thursday

    Ooh, carrot lotion! Haven’t tried that one yet…I haven’t lived in Durham since 1998, although I have heard of Carrboro; one of my former co-workers lived there, and she seemed to like it, but that’s all I have.

  23. Cara B

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am glad you left me a comment so I could stop by to ‘meet’ you. My dream is to visit Italy. My Great-Grandparents are from Italy – which makes me 1/4 italian. I have a cousin spending this college semester there. She is LOVING it. I’ll be checking back in on you!

    Hi Cara, and welcome! I hope you enjoy the little armchair tour of Italy that happens here just about every day 🙂

  24. 03.14.2008

    Oooh, somebody loves you! Burt’s Bees rocks. I don’t use their soap — my MIL makes awesome soap — but I love their lip balm! I forget what it’s called, but it’s minty and has just a hint of color.

    Michelle Potter’s last blog post..Texas Girl At Heart

    I think that’s the one Burt’s Bees product I had tried in the past (also a gift); I’d love to get some more of that too–the touch of color was perfect for someone who doesn’t like wearing anything other than lip balm, like me 😉

  25. 03.16.2008

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love meeting fellow writers! Have you heard of the Womens Fiction Festival in Italy? I did the logo and would love to go one day?
    Love your blog. I’ll be back.

    Kwana’s last blog post..Ma-jor!

    Hi Kwana! Thanks for coming by! Yes I have gotten info for that festival, and almost went last year–still considering it for this year. Looking forward to getting to know you better 🙂

  26. 03.16.2008

    Sorry for the double comments. Bad internet connection. If you get a chance, go I hear it’s really good. I’m also on some good writer’s loops and if you want more info email me at Good to meet you.

    Kwana’s last blog post..Ma-jor!

    No worries on the double comments–happens to the best of us! I’d definitely love to hear more about your loops…expect to hear from me soon 🙂

  27. 03.17.2008

    I’m also a BB addict. What a generous gift. Unfortunately I have to ration myself as it is about the same price in £ ‘s as it is in $ ‘s making it roughly twice the price her in Somerset. Still, can’t do without their foot cream, it is amazing for hardworking feet, as is their hand and cuticle cream for hardworking hands.

    african vanielje’s last blog post..Free range Steak and Mushroom Pie

    I’m rationing myself too, not only for price (I’ll end up spending double for shipping) but also availability…I’ll have to save up for more hand and cuticle creams. Love them!

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